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18 Mitch Moreland DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/230 | Birthdate: 9/6/1985 | Birthplace: Amory, MS | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Texas | College: Mississippi State | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $502,700 | Owned/Started%: 6/1 | Average Draft Position: 403.50
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Rangers to be cautious with Mitch Moreland


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The Rangers will be cautious with Mitch Moreland this spring, according to MLB.com.

Moreland had ankle surgery last June, and the team is going to bring him along slowly early in camp. Moreland will be held back from running for a bit, and will be limited in how many grounders he takes at first. Moreland said he feels good, but acknowledges that the team wants to be extra careful. 

"I feel good, but the training staff has talked with me and got me on a good solid routine to make sure I come out of camp feeling good and feeling healthy," Moreland said. "So we're playing it over-cautiously so I'll be ready to roll by Day 1."

Moreland is also expected to play the outfield this season, but the team is going to wait until later in camp to get him out there.

The 29-year-old Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats last year. 


Rangers, Mitch Moreland agree to a one-year deal


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland have agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday.

Moreland was reportedly looking for $3.35 million while the team was offering $2.75 million. The two settled on $2.95 million with $25,000 in performace bonuses. Moreland hit .246 with 23 RBI in 2014 for Texas.


Rangers' Moreland having 'no issues' with surgically repaired ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rangers first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland is pleased with his progress after undergoing left ankle reconstruction surgery in June, according to FOX Sports Southwest.

"Right now, I'll be full speed Day 1,"Moreland said. "I'm right on track with where I've been the past offseasons. Eager to get back on there and get on the field. It's been a while."

Moreland has hit off a tee and hasn't had any issues running. 

"It feels a ton better," he said. "I've had some nagging things here and there with it (in the past). It got to the point where it was a little beyond nagging to the point where I felt like I had no strength there. I have no issues with it right now. It's feeling strong. It's feeling good."


Mitch Moreland, Rangers discuss arbitration numbers Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Designated hitter Mitch Moreland and the Rangers exchanged arbitration numbers Friday with Moreland asking for $3.35 million and Texas offering $2.75 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Moreland hit .246 in 167 at-bats in 2014, with 23 RBI and two home runs.


Rangers tender Neftali Feliz, Mitch Moreland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers tendered right-hander Neftali Feliz and infielder/outfielder Mitch Moreland prior to Tuesday's non-tender deadline, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz registered a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. Moreland's 2014 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats.


Rangers' Mitch Moreland expected to be ready for spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will begin a running program before progressing to full activity, the team announced Tuesday. He is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training.

Moreland is coming off ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June.


Report: Rangers to offer contracts to Moreland, Ogando, Feliz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Rangers are expected to offer contracts to Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Mitch Moreland, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently. Despite that, he will not pitch in winter ball. Ogando is entering his second year of arbitration.

Moreland's season was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit just .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats. 

Feliz is the least surprising name on the list. The 26-year-old came back from arm issues, and managed to post a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. 


Mitch Moreland could be option in left field for Rangers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland, who missed the rest of the 2014 season after undergoing ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June, could become an option in left field for Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Moreland has made 47 appearances in the outfield over five seasons. However, he has made just two appearances and one start in left field.


Mitch Moreland shifted to 60-day DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Rangers cleared up a spot on the 40-man roster Thursday by moving designated hitter Mitch Moreland to the 60-day disabled list. Moreland is out for the season after undergoing ankle reconstruction surgery in June.  

Mitch Moreland had ankle reconstruction surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland underwent ligament reconstruction and bone realignment on his left ankle Monday, reports Fox Sports Southwest. He will be reexamined in a week.

Moreland is not expected back this season.


Mitch Moreland to have season-ending surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland will undergo season-ending ankle surgery Monday, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It's still unclear how invasive the surgery will be, but Moreland won't return in 2014, the report said.

He batted .246 with two homers and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland likely headed for season-ending surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland received another opinion on his left ankle Tuesday, and appears headed toward surgery, according to MLB.com.

Moreland visited with Dr. Ned Amendola in Iowa Tuesday, who confirmed that Moreland will required reconstructive surgery on his ankle. That procedure would likely end his season, though the surgery has not yet been scheduled at this time. 


Mitch Moreland to get third opinion on injury Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is getting a third opinion on his injured ankle Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

If Moreland opts to have surgery on the ankle, he's expected to need three months of recovery time, which would put him out for most of the remainder of the season. He has hit .246/.297/.347 with two home runs and 23 RBI in 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland goes on DL


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) The Rangers placed first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. Moreland is getting a second opinion before deciding on ankle surgery.


Mitch Moreland seeking second opinion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland will seek a second opinion before opting for reconstructive surgery on his ankle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Moreland is expected to miss at least thee months if he opts for surgery. He hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats before the injury.

Mitch Moreland opting for lesser ankle surgery


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Rangers first baseman/designated hitter Mitch Moreland decided to forgo reconstructive surgery on his ankle in favor of a lesser surgery, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Instead of being out three months, Moreland hopes to return in three to four weeks.


Mitch Moreland to miss three months


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will miss three months following ankle surgery, according to ESPN. 

Moreland will undergo surgery this week. With the injury, the Rangers currently have 13 players on the disabled list. Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 over 167 at-bats.


Mitch Moreland to undergo ankle surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will undergo ankle surgery this week, the team announced. 

The injury comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Moreland hadn't been dealing with any issues this year. The team is not sure how long Moreland will be sidelined at this time. He will be out for an "extensive" period of time. 


No need to rush to waivers to add Mitch Moreland


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) The loss of Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder hurt a lot of Fantasy lineups, and finding a replacement won't be easy unless you have enough depth to trade for a high-end Fantasy first baseman. If you end up going the waiver-wire route, many Fantasy owners will turn to Fielder's replacement -- Mitch Moreland -- but I'm not so sure that's the ideal move.

Moreland has been producing better as of late, but up until his 19-point Fantasy performance in Week 8, Moreland averaged 8.9 Fantasy points in the first seven scoring periods. He is hitting for a decent average, but the power isn't there.

We know Moreland is capable of belting 20-plus homers, as he showed last season, but there's still weaknesses in his game. He's still pretty bad against lefties, batting .167 with no home runs and two RBI in 16 games against left-handed pitchers this season.

I am intrigued with manager Ron Washington batting Moreland in front of slugger Adrian Beltre. Hopefully, that will provide him with the chance to see a lot of good pitches to hit, but I'm still not sold on Moreland. 

If you don't need an immediate option, then I'd consider adding Astros prospect Jon Singleton (owned 49 percent of leagues). If you need an immediate option, I would rather add James Loney, Juan Francisco, Adam Dunn and Justin Smoak off waivers over Moreland.


Mitch Moreland produces three-RBI game in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland tallied three RBI during a 12-4 win Sunday at Detroit. Moreland, who finished 3 for 5 with one walk, had an RBI single in the fifth inning, an RBI double in the sixth inning and an RBI single in the seventh.

The three RBI tied a season-high for Moreland, who ran his season total to 21 RBI. He is batting .321 (9 for 28) with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI in his last seven games.


Mitch Moreland back as everyday first baseman


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) With Prince Fielder on the disabled list and likely out for the remainder of the season, the Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland is now back to being the team's everyday first baseman, MLB.com reports.

Moreland has bee limited to just 20 starts in his 30 appearances. He is hitting .277 with two homers and 17 RBI in 112 at-bats.

"I'm going to put Mitch's name in the lineup and let him relax," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm not putting any pressure on Mitch Moreland. He's my first baseman, just go out and play. We can't replace Prince Fielder's production. We don't have that guy. Prince is on the disabled list. Nobody can replace him. Let Mitch be Mitch."

Mitch Moreland tosses scoreless inning in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Rangers designated hitter Mitch Moreland has found playing time a bit tough to come by recently, having just one start over the last week heading into Tuesday's game.

Moreland found a new way to get onto the field against the Rockies, as he appeared as a pitcher in a blowout loss. He tossed a scoreless eighth, retiring the side in order on 15 pitches.

Moreland also added a hit in his lone plate appearance, raising his batting average to .284 on the season. He has one home run in 74 at-bats on the season, while hitting .284/.329/.419.  


Mitch Moreland in left, Shin-Soo Choo at DH on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Mitch Moreland will make his major league debut in left field Wednesday for the Rangers against Oakland.

Regular left fielder Shin-Soo Choo, who had been out with a sprained ankle, will start his second straight game as the designated hitter. He will return to his regular position when the team opens a weekend series against the Angels on Friday.

"He's begging to get in the outfield," Ron Washington told the Dallas Morning News. "He just came back. ... I'm not going to do that."

Moreland has played 45 career games in the outfielder, but all of them have been in right.


Jim Adduci in, Mitch Moreland out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) The absence of Mitch Moreland in the lineup Friday against the White Sox in favor of Jim Adduci is the result of Ron Washington simply yearning to give the latter his first start of the season for the Rangers rather than dissatisfaction with the former

"His at-bats have been excellent," Washington told the Dallas Morning News about Moreland. "I've been putting getting Adduci in there and I need to do it."

Moreland has reached base five times in the last two games and is batting .279 on the season.


Mitch Moreland makes an impact in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland put together his first game with multiple RBI Thursday, in an 8-6 win over the Mariners.

Moreland came up with a couple of big hits in the game, going 2 for 3 with a walk. He drove in two runs in the first inning with a single and then one more in the third on a double.

Moreland is hitting .279/.333/.465 with seven RBI and six runs scored in 14 games.